Seeing as I got no response to my post on a bakelite light yesterday, I went out this morning in a huff and purchased a racing bike with pedigree. Not a TDF winner. A winner of the Championnat d'Aquitaine, arguably the most competitive regional championship in France. The guy who rode it all season to final victory went from semi-pro to pro after that. He was part of the French Team at worldchampionships. And other things that count.
Pictures and a little comment on this bike at http://membres.lycos.fr/
As a machine, I normally wouldn't have bought it. Not my taste in bikes. But it has history. I reckon it has enough history to make it worth more than the sum of it's parts. Nice change. It means nobody lays their hands on it and dismantles it, then ebays all the parts one by one over a period to buyers in the States or Japan so they can chase the bike all over ebay and collect 75% of it at ten to twenty times the price of what it would have cost 'em to buy it from someone reputable (that excludes me) and have it shipped whole. But there again, if people don't realize this, can't stand the prospect of shipping charges on a whole bike or enjoy the most expensive jigsaw puzzle in the world, is that any busines of mine ?
Nick "M" Bordo, Landes (yeah, I moved), Aquitaine, France
ps: the other question is: do you think it would look funky with a bakelite light on it ?
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